Executive Board

Executive Board Members

President Elect VACANT

Joe White, President
Associate Director for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff
College of Education

Wayne State University

(313) 577-8285

Joe is the Associate Director for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff for the College of Education at Wayne State University, and he is responsible for all aspects of Academic Personnel. This includes responding to the concerns of the three bargaining units that represent the academic employees, addressing OEO complaints and responding to FOIA requests received by the University that relate to the College of Education.  Additionally, Joe is responsible for facilities, technology,  and the investigation and response on behalf of the dean to student complaints and grade appeals.

With more than thirty years of HR experience, Joe has also served in the past as part-time faculty and as Vice President of UAW Local 1979.

Jake Lathrop, Past-President
Human Resources Manager for the College of Education

Michigan State University

(517) 355-6680

Jake is the Human Resources Manager for the College of Education at Michigan State University and directs the HR functions of the College to include employment, classification and compensation, employee relations, performance management and professional development.

Prior to joining the College of Education in 2014, Jake worked as an HR Specialist in the Central Human Resources Office at the University.  He was a lead specialist in the areas of staffing and recruitment and classification and compensation.

Previous to his work at Michigan State University, Jake spent over 5 years in Operations Management at United Parcel Service.  He has a B.S. in Human Resources from Michigan State University and considers himself to be a lifelong Spartan.

Heidi Skrzypek, Secretary
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, School of Information
University of Michigan


Heidi Skrzypek is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. She has been employed at the School of Information in a variety of capacities since 2003, including Assistant Director of Human Resources and Business Operations, Academic Secretary, Senior Secretary, and Human Resources Assistant. She joined the university staff in 2001 as a Payroll Specialist.

In 2014, she was recognized by the University of Michigan Association of Administrative Office Professionals with the Award of Excellence, the first staff member outside of the U-M Health System to earn this award. Also in 2014, she received the Peer to Peer Staff Award of the U-M School of Information.

Carolyn Gregurich, Treasurer
HR Generalist, School of Information
University of Michigan


Carolyn is a Human Resources Generalist for the School of Information at the University of Michigan.   She’s been at the University since 2012, in various roles, including Benefits Specialist, and Human Resources Assistant.

Carolyn has her Bachelors of Applied Arts through Central Michigan University, and received her SHRM-CP certification in 2015.  Currently, her responsibilities include guiding the hiring and selection process for staff, temporary, and graduate student assistant positions.   In addition, she is the main point of contact for immigration and visa sponsorship matters, medical and FMLA administration, and assistance with employee relations.

Deborah McCrory, At-Large Board Member
Human Resources Consultant, Client Services
Wayne State University

(313) 577-5019

Deborah is a Human Resources Consultant at Wayne State University supporting Public Safety, Athletics, Government and Community Affairs, Marketing and Communications, the Office of Economic Development, and WDET.  She provides consultative services in several areas including employment, employee relations and labor relations, organizational development and training, compensation and benefits administration.

Deborah has a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree from Michigan State University, and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She has held SPHR certification since 2008 and has fifteen years of experience working in Human Resources, with eight of those years being in higher education.